Summary: To establish that our God is able to keep us built up, in the most holy faith; in His love, and to keep us from falling; to present us faultless before the presence of His glory (in heaven) with exceeding joy. He is faithful that promises!
1. Keep Us in the Faith
2. Keep Us in His Love
3. Keep Us from Falling
1. In our lesson today we are going to be discussing the theme: “Our God is able.” This lesson will deal with the Godhead’s ability to keep us in the most holy faith built up; and keep us in the love of God; and to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of his glory (in heaven) with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen,” Jude 20-25.
2. First, we will consider how God is able to build us up in the most holy faith; by praying in the Holy Ghost. We must commit to building up ourselves in the most holy faith, through prayer and study of the word of God. These (study of the word and prayer), must be a part of our daily life. Paul charges us to: “Pray without ceasing,” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. And to: “Study to show thyself approved unto God,” 2 Timothy 2:15. Beloved of God, if we keep ourselves prayed up; and equipped in the word: “God will be able to build us up in the most holy faith,” Jude 20. It is through His word, we are built up in the faith. Paul commends the elders: “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up...sanctified,” Acts 20:32.
3. Second, we will discuss how God is able to keep us in His love; looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. We serve a God that is able to do everything; but fail. He can keep us in His love; and in the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto eternal life. Jude encourages us to keep ourselves in the love of God. This we can do! We must also always be: “Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” We must be givers of mercy; to be a recipient of mercy. Jesus said: “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy,” Matthew 5:7. What doth God require of thee? Micah wrote: “He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” Micah 6:8; Matthew 11:28-30.
4. Lastly, we will investigate how God is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence, of His glory (in heaven) with exceeding joy: To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Now let’s be clear, if we do these first two things; God will be able to keep us from falling. If we stay prayed up; studied up; loved up; and full of mercy: God will be able to keep us from falling, and present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. Paul wrote: “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonians 5:23. Paul concludes: “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it,” 1 Thessalonians 5:24. Matthew 19:26. Our God is able! With this brief introduction, let’s consider our first point.
BODY OF LESSON
I KEEP YOU IN THE FAITH
A. God is able: “To build us up in the most holy faith; by praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 20. This section of Jude’s Letter, deals with God’s ability to keep us from apostasy; seductions from false teachers; and, the deceitful practices of sin and its evil influences. This is a sharp contrast with the earlier mentioning of these mockers; and, sensual men having not the Spirit, Jude 17-19. Jude now instructs the saints how to conduct themselves; and refuse their corrupt influence upon their faith in Christ. We do this first by building ourselves up, in the most holy faith. Consider how this faith is elsewhere described:
1. First, the common salvation: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,” Jude 3.
a. This common salvation is the faith, once delivered unto the saints.
c. The faith that Paul one sought to destroyed, Galatians 1:22-24.
d. It is the way of salvation, Acts 16:17.
2. Further, the common faith: “To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour,” Titus 1:4.